Friday, July 27, 2018

F AND G TRAINS SKIP WINDSOR TERRACE STATIONS THIS WEEKEND


F and G Weekend Service Notice
 

Because of track maintenance from Friday, July 27th, at 9:45 p.m. until Monday, July 30th, at 5:00 a.m., Queens-bound F and G trains will skip Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street in Brooklyn.

For service to these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9th streets and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F or Church Avenue-bound G.

For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Queens-bound F or G.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME, 66TH PRECINCT


National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 7th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the nation's 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, meet leaders and personnel from the 66th Precinct (Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) and interact with neighbors, community members, and local businesses who share the common goal of partnership and safety.

Features include games and activities for youth and information on ways to work with the NYPD and keep your neighborhood safe.


Join the 66th Precinct, the 66th Precinct Community Council, and Community Board 12 for this year's National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 7th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.

Enjoy free food, drinks, ice cream, rides, bounces, games, a petting zoo, giveaways, and more.

The event will be held in front of the 66th Precinct at 5822 16th Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets, in Borough Park.

For more information, contact the 66th Precinct Community Affairs Office at (718) 851-5601.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out--America's Night Out Against Crime--in 1984. The night's goals are to
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts,
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
 
In the 1970s, in a grass-roots movement that preceded the creation of National Night Out Against Crime, people in several communities participated in an effort to deter crime by turning on their porch lights, sitting outside, and talking with their neighbors.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

66TH PRECINCT NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATION OFFICERS WILL MEET IN KENSINGTON

Left to right: Officer Ramirez and Officer Chow

Kensington's newly-assigned "beat cops," officially known as Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs), are Police Officer Shawney Chow and Police Officer Joel Ramirez. They can be contacted at Shawney.Chow @ nypd.org and Joel.Ramirez3 @ nypd.org.

In recent years, the NYPD has been dividing precincts into sectors as part of its new policing model, known as "community policing." The 66th Precinct is divided into four sectors: Sector A or Adam, Sector B or Boy, Sector C or Charlie, and Sector D or David. 

Boundaries of Sector D (Kensington), based on the map at the top of this blog post, are 37th Street and McDonald Avenue to the west, Coney Island Avenue to the east, Avenue F and 18th Avenue to the south, and Fort Hamilton Parkway to the north.

All of the 66th's NCOs will be officially introduced to the public at JHS 62 on Wednesday, August 1st, at 7:00 p.m. Doors will be opened at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins.

Attendees will meet and speak with the NCOs assigned to all four of the 66th Precinct's sectors.

A flyer will be handed out at the meeting that shows the boundaries of each sector as well as contact information for the NCOs in each sector.

RSVP for the meeting by Wednesday, July 25th, by calling Community Affairs Officers Priscilla Colon or Thomas Kukla at (718) 851-5601 or by sending an e-mail to Thomas.kukla @ nypd.org or Priscilla.colon @ nypd.org.

The school is accessible for people with disabilities. For accommodations for any disability, contact Officer Colon at (718) 851-5601 or Priscilla.colon @ nypd.org by Friday, July 27th.

Location
Junior High School 62 Ditmas (JHS 62)
700 Cortelyou Road
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn

Enter the school on E. 7th Street.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

FREE SAT TEST PREP WORKSHOP


                               Free SAT Test Prep Workshop
                              Thursday, July 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Nick Raschella will run a free SAT test prep workshop at Terrace Books. He'll review each section of the test and will also review tips and strategies for test day.

Nick, who helps run the family bookstore business, worked at Kaplan Test Prep for fifteen years. During that time, he taught, trained, and supervised teachers and programs across the country. His test expertise includes the SAT, SHSAT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT.

If you'd like to attend this free workshop, scheduled for Thursday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m., send an RSVP to Nick at raschella @ gmail.com or call him at (646) 481-7325.

Location
Terrace Books
242 Prospect Park West
between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 788-3475

PROSE AND POETRY READING (FREE ADMISSION)



Ditmas Lit
Wednesday, July 18th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Iris Cohen, Alice Kaltman, and Edward Mullaney will read their prose and Thiahera Nurse will read her poetry at the next installment of the Ditmas Lit reading series.

Host Sarah Bridgins' guest co-host will be Lena Valencia of HiFi Reading Series fame.

Admission is free.

About Ditmas Lit
Ditmas Lit is a monthly reading series dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of emerging and established writers in all genres. On the third Wednesday of every month, people gather for a drink at Hinterlands Bar to listen as poets, essayists, fiction writers, and storytellers share their work.
www.ditmaslit.com

Location
Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-0550
hinterlandsbar @ gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/hinterlandsbar
https://twitter.com/hinterlandsbar


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

66TH PRECINCT NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATION OFFICERS MEET WITH TWO BOROUGH PARK ORGANIZATIONS



The 66th Precinct's newly-assigned Neighborhood Coordination Officers met with Misaskim and Shomrim Brooklyn South Safety Patrol "to learn about the community they will serve, and the unique needs of the residents."

See https://www.boropark24.com/newly-assigned-police-officers-visit-community-organizations for photos of the officers at Misaskim headquarters and with Borough Park Shomrim.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"DISMANTLING INJUSTICE" IN NEW YORK'S JUSTICE AND INCARCERATION SYSTEMS


                                    Dismantling Injustice
                  Saturday, July 14th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Coalition for Women Prisoners, New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and Correctional Association of New York will host "Dismantling Justice."


The free public education event will be held at the Kensington Library on Saturday, July 14th, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The hosts write

"Join us for a public education event on the injustice and incarceration systems in NY. Hear from experts - people who have survived incarceration - about New York's injustice system, and how you can join the movement for change.

The injustice system in New York is damaging to people, families, and communities – disproportionately Black and Latinx people and other people of color.

Driven by, and perpetuating, an ongoing legacy of racism, the system carries out a paradigm of punishment and vengeance instead of helping to bring true safety, healing, or repair.

As some examples: survivors of domestic violence – rather than getting support – are traumatized and harmed further by predatory prosecutions and draconian prison sentences.


Solitary confinement is inflicted on a massive scale, with people being subjected to months, years, and decades of this devastating practice.
The number of older people behind bars has more than doubled and continues to grow, swollen by policies—including senseless parole denials—that favor punishment over public safety.

You will learn about these and other aspects of New York's injustice system. You will also be introduced to a new tool highlighting the particular experiences of women in solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails. And you will learn how you can join with other community members to push for change!"

Location
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue

between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545

Sunday, July 8, 2018

OPEN HOUSE AT PROSPECT FARM


Green Thumb Open Garden Day at Prospect Farm
Saturday, July 14th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00  p.m.

Prospect Farm will have an "open house" for the public to enjoy a day of free activities. Visit Prospect Farm on Saturday, July 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for such activities as a demonstration of composting and a scavenger hunt.

Compost can be dropped off at the farm on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

About Prospect Farm
 
"Since March 2010, Prospect Farm has been a community project development toward producing healthy local food as an alternative to industrial food. Our objective is diversity in food production and membership. We are slowly creating healthy soil through our community composting project and farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides."

"Prospect Farm is a community association with membership open to all. Members improve and farm the land and sustain ties with local residents, businesses and organizations. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice."

Location
Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue (map)
next to the Seeley Street Bridge
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

prospectfarmbk @ gmail.com https://prospectfarm.org
@ProspectFarmBK
https://www.facebook.com/ProspectFarmBK



Friday, July 6, 2018

PROSPECT EXPRESSWAY LANE CLOSURES


Prospect Expressway will have lane closures from 11:00 p.m. tonight (Friday) until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

From exit 4 to exit 5, only one southbound lane will be open. From exit 5 to exit 3, only one northbound lane will be open.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

FREE YOGA CLASSES AT AVENUE C PLAZA ON MCDONALD AVENUE


Free Yoga Classes
Mondays, July 9th through August 13th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Free outdoor yoga classes will be offered at Avenue C Plaza for teenagers through seniors. No previous yoga experience is necessary to participate in them.

Classes will be held on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th and on August 6th and 13th.

Enough mats to accommodate twenty-five people will be available at no cost. Reserve a mat by sending an e-mail to avecplazabk @ gmail.com. Participants are welcome to bring their own mats.

Avenue C Plaza is the cement triangle located on the eastern side of McDonald Avenue where it intersects with Avenue C.

A grant from Citizens Committee for New York City has made the free yoga classes possible, with help from Arts & Democracy and Bend & Bloom Yoga.


The Kensington Stewards, managers of Avenue C Plaza and Kensington Plaza, will produce the event.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BEAT COPS (NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATION OFFICERS) HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE 66TH PRECINCT


66th Precinct Neighborhood Policing Meet and Greet
Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m.

The 66th Precinct will have Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) within the next few weeks. The 66th's NCOs will be introduced to the public at JHS 62 on Wednesday, August 1st, at 7:00 p.m.

The doors will be opened at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins.

The NYPD has been dividing precincts into sectors for the past few years as part of its new policing model, known as "community policing."
The 66th Precinct has been divided into four sectors: Sector A or Adam, Sector B or Boy, Sector C or Charlie, and Sector D or David.

This meeting is for the entire 66th Precinct, not for an individual sector. Attendees will meet and speak with the NCOs assigned to all four of the 66th Precinct's sectors.

A flyer will be handed out at the meeting that shows the boundaries of each sector as well as contact information for the NCOs in each sector.

RSVP for the meeting by Wednesday, July 25th, by calling
Community Affairs Officers Priscilla Colon or Thomas Kukla at (718) 851-5601 or by sending an e-mail to Thomas.kukla @ nypd.org or Priscilla.colon @ nypd.org.

The school is accessible for people with disabilities. For accommodations for any disability, contact Officer Colon at
(718) 851-5601 or Priscilla.colon @ nypd.org by Friday, July 27th.

Location
Junior High School 62 Ditmas (JHS 62)
700 Cortelyou Road
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn

Enter the school on E. 7th Street.


Monday, July 2, 2018

FREE OUTDOOR QIGONG SESSION

                     Free Outdoor Qigong Class with Marisa Carroll
                 Sunday, July 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The ancient practice of qigong is a simple sequence of flowing movements, breathing techniques, gentle self-massage, and guided meditation to help promote feelings of balance, relaxation, and renewal.

Participate in a free outdoor session of qigong this Sunday, July 8th, from 11:00 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. The session is open to the public and will meet on the lawn in the East Fourth Street Community Garden.

The practice will be led by Marisa Carroll, Certified Healer-Within Qigong Practice Leader, The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

Location
East Fourth Street Community Garden
173 E. 4th Street

between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace
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ANIMALS URGENTLY NEED THE BROKEN-DOWN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM REPLACED AT SEAN CASEY ANIMAL RESCUE


An urgent fund raising appeal has been issued by Sean Casey Animal Rescue. The rescue needs to replace its malfunctioning air-conditioning/heating system. Keeping animals cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather is about their survival.

                                    --------------------
Dear friends,

During this first heatwave of summer 2018 we find ourselves in a crisis. Our central heating/air-conditioning system is failing -- leaving us to rely on back-up units to keep our shelter at a tolerable temperature for our precious animals.
We have the central system being serviced now but the repair will be a temporary fix as the system is just too old and must be replaced. We estimate the cost for the new replacement system at $15,000.00.

If you are able to give, please consider a donation at this time as this is an urgent and time sensitive situation. Our furry and not so furry babies are counting on all of us!

To Donate: Click here to visit our Network for Good Fundraising Page.

We also have a mobile adoption van that cannot be used because the air-conditioning unit is not working so if there is a surplus this is where it will be utilized.

Please share this urgent fundraising appeal and help us reach our goal. No donation is too small and, as always, we appreciate everyone's support!

Sincerely,
Sean Casey and Staff

PS If you would prefer to send a check our mailing address is:

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Please Click Here to Donate.